Celtics forward Kevin Garnett was a guest on Dan Patrick’s radio show today and touched on topics ranging from the NBA lockout to Brian Scalabrine. On the lockout, which threatens to delay or cancel the upcoming season, Garnett was expansive.
“As a fan you just want to see sports, but it’s the business part of it that you have to pay attention to,” said Garnett. “You never want things slowing that down.
“You trust no one in this, to be honest. You know you trust the players, because we’re communicating and negotiating. But you never trust the other side. Because you don’t know what they’re thinking and they don’t know what you’re thinking. You’re trying to come to some common ground going forward.”
Asked if he thought the owners wanted the season to be canceled, Garnett responded, “I don’t know. I’m not on the owners’ side. I don’t know what they want … You say that and you hear that, and, you know, you don’t understand some of the motives of some of this. We have a stand that we’re going to take on this whole issue. I think at the end of the day common ground will be found. At the end of the day this game is too beautiful. I think with everything that’s going on and all the storylines that surround our game, I can’t see just throwing away the season.”
One of the storylines of a potential upcoming season is the Celtics’ aging roster against Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls teams that are younger and getting better. Garnett is in the final year of a contract that would pay him $21.2 million this season. He’s unlikely to earn anywhere close to that should he return for another season. KG was asked whether he and the Celtics have discussed an extension.
“Truthfully no, I haven’t,” said Garnett. “Danny [Ainge] — I think in passing, every joking moment that we have, he’ll throw something up in the air and we’ll laugh at it. But it’s not concrete, no.”
Asked if he’d even come back when his current deal is up, Garnett said, “I haven’t gotten to the point where I’ve made that decision. I’m enjoying the guys I’m playing with. I’m enjoying the game.”
— Garnett touched on two other interesting if unrelated topics in his 11-minute appearance with Patrick. The first was the possibility of him joining the Lakers as opposed to the Celtics before the 2007 season. Garnett made it clear he absolutely wanted out of Minnesota, but he said turmoil in Los Angeles prevented him from playing there.
“I was pretty close to be honest,” said Garnett. “What disturbed me about the whole Lakers situation was Kobe and Phil at the time. They were at each other pretty bad, and it was a new situation I didn’t want to get into … It was my choice, yeah. There was a lot going on and I didn’t want to be a part of it.”
— Patrick joked about signing a 10-day contract with the Celtics and asked Garnett if an average guy could make a roster. Patrick said he could be a Scalabrine-type.
“You willing to give up that body of yours?” Garnett asked. “Scal gave us a lot. I know people like to crack little jokes about Scal. Scal’s in this league for a reason.”
— The private Garnett also talked about his need for privacy.
“I don’t really get a lot of time with my family, so I’m a little protective of that,” he said. “That’s my personal space, that’s my family space. I just want people to always respect that and understand that. I’m no different than anybody else when it comes to family.”